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The San Francisco 49ers have visited with a lot of draft prospects over the years. We look at how many of their eventual draft picks they visited with over the last few years.

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The San Francisco 49ers and the rest of the NFL sent scouts and coaches to Indianapolis this past week to assess the numerous draft prospects on hand for the NFL Combine. While fans enjoy the 40, wide receiver gauntlet, quarterback throwing and so much more, the most valuable tool for teams might be the interview process. Teams are allowed to interview up to 60 players during the week of the Combine. Although players have improved in preparation for these interviews, it at least provides teams with a chance to learn a little more about the players.

The Combine interviews are just one way teams can meet players. Teams will meet with players at the January All Star games, during on-campus workouts (group and individual) in March, and in hosted visits. The 49ers are going to host numerous more players than they will actually draft, but it is all part of the process.

Over the weekend, I was posting news on some Combine interviews the 49ers were conducting, and some folks were asking about the 49ers history of drafting players with which they have spoken. The information does not frequently become public before the draft, but I was able to get a lot of information from the first conference call a player a did after being drafted. I have the transcripts saved in my email, so it was pretty easy to find most of them. A few players did not have transcripts, with it usually being later round picks.

The media generally asked each player what kind of contact they had with the 49ers. A few were not asked, but for the most part, they were asked. For the 2011 draft class, there were not a ton of transcripts, which might have been due to the lockout. I came across this 2011 draft visit tracker at PFT, which said Aldon Smith and Chris Culliver had some kind of contact with the 49ers. It did not have specifics.

In looking through some draft trackers from previous years (20152014201320122011), and you can see that a lot of 49ers visits are not listed. I do wonder how much the 49ers will tell a prospect not to leak a visit if they are in fact particularly interested. We'll never know for certain, but it's interesting to consider. I don't think we should completely discount lists of drafted players who visited with the 49ers, but it is something that is really just a tiny piece of a big puzzle.

First up is the list of 2015 visits we have found thus far. That is followed by a list of 2011 through 2014 draft picks and whether or not they visited with the 49ers.

2015

Arik Armstead, DL, Oregon - Combine
Ben Beckwith, G, Mississippi State - Shrine Game
Quandre Diggs, CB, Texas - Senior Bowl
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Miami (Fl.) - Combine
Kurtis Drummond, S, Michigan State -  Senior Bowl
Devin Gardner, QB/WR, Michigan - Shrine Game
Dorant Grant, CB, Ohio State - Combine
Garrett Grayson, QB, Colorado State - Senior Bowl
Dorial Green-Beckham, WR, Oklahoma - Combine
Josh Harper, WR, Fresno State - Combine
Sean Hickey, OT, Syracuse - Shrine Game
Taiwan Jones, ILB, Michigan State - Shrine Game
Jeremy Langford, RB, Michigan State - Senior Bowl
Marcus Peters, CB, Washington - Combine
Ryan Russell, DE, Purdue - Shrine Game
Clive Walford, TE, Miami (Fl.) - Combine

2014

Jimmie Ward: Visit a couple weeks before 
Carlos Hyde: Got a phone call, but don't think they met
Marcus Martin: Sounds like they didn't meet (Martin said he had no idea they'd draft him)
Chris Borland: Combine meeting
Bruce Ellington: Combine meeting
Dontae Johnson: Combine meeting
Aaron Lynch: Visit to Santa Clara
Keith Reaser: Talked at Combine, said he talked a lot with them
Kenneth Acker: Spoke with Donatell over the phone, met some coaches at his Pro Day

2013

Eric Reid: Combine meeting
Tank Carradine: Dinner night before workout
Vance McDonald: Combine meeting
Corey Lemonier: No meeting
Quinton Patton: Dinner before Pro Day with assistant coach (no word on Combine)
Marcus Lattimore: Combine meeting
Quinton Dial: "took a visit"
Nick Moody: Shrine Game, met coaches at Combine, talked with scouts on Pro Day
B.J. Daniels: no transcript
Carter Bykowski: no transcript
Marcus Cooper: no transcript

2012

A.J. Jenkins: Visited Santa Clara
LaMichael James: Can't remember if he met with 49ers at Combine
Joe Looney: Combine meeting
Darius Fleming: "little meeting with one of the scouts before the Combine"
Trenton Robinson: Talked to 49ers a couple days before the draft
Jason Slowey: Visited Santa Clara (his only visit)
Cam Johnson: Met at Senior Bowl, had a couple phone calls

2011

Aldon Smith: something, not sure what exactly
Colin Kaepernick: private workout
Chris Culliver: something, not sure what exactly
Kendall Hunter: visit to SF
Daniel Kilgore: No transcript
Ronald Johnson: Talked to John Morton at Combine
Colin Jones: private workout
Bruce Miller: No transcript
Mike Person: No transcript
Curtis Holcomb: Workout with Donatell

2010

Anthony Davis: Visited Santa Clara
Mike Iupati: Met Mike Solari for three hours, but no indication where
Taylor Mays: Visited Santa Clara
NaVorro Bowman: Combine interview
Anthony Dixon: Not seeing anything
Nate Byham: Spoke with scouts at Combine, but doesn't seem like he had a formal interview
Kyle Williams: Not seeing anything
Phillip Adams: Visited Santa Clara